#2 on the original list Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal The Master. Literally didn't play a weak note on record for the entire Led Zeppelin run. Went through a pretty dull period in the 80s but live (and sporadically in the studio) has returned to form in
#7 on the original list David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock Over the years my appreciation of Mr David Gilmour just seems to grow and grow, so he's gotta go above Blackmore. Plus I am totally uninterested in Blackmore's Night, so I probably punish Ritchie a
#20 on the original list Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music I had a picture of Blackmore in my locker in high school. Monster player and showman - who cares if he was sloppy live at times, in my book that was what made him so exciting.
#38 on the original list Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge Technically, nowhere near the equal of any of my top 20 or so. But Neil almost created the guitar sound that was grunge, and for pure unique feedback stoner crunch nothing beats electric Neil.
#23 on the original list Tony Iommi Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal Though not as flashy as Page or Blackmore, Iommi wrote an equal amount of monster riffs, and singlehandedly invented the heavier side of Metal.
#11 on the original list Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music Part of me is shocked Knopfler made my Top 10 and I have a feeling I'm forgetting someone major, but the man is an absolute master of his craft and while not playing Dire Straits - level awesomeness,
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#3 on the original list Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae Although these days he tends to use no more than 50% of his God-given talent (often less), that doesn't mean he's lost it all - and his record in the 60s and 70s speaks for itself.
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#63 on the original list Tom Morello Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal By far the most original player of the alt-rock era. You've heard his playing in RATM of course, but check out this video of Morello absolutely shredding guesting with The Boss at a concert I was
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#55 on the original list Derek Trucks Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music Check out this version of Derek and the Domines "Anyday" that Trucks and his wife do (with sick vocals from the singer of the Trucks band who I'm not always a huge fan of)
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Omar Rodríguez-López Rock music, Electronic music, Jazz fusion Leader of the Mars Volta. A spectacularly talented and innovative player.
Sonny Sharrock Jazz Ask The Ages is one of my top 3 alltime instrumental albums.
#6 on the original list Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock Pure guitar-talent wise, he'd be in my Top 5 for sure - nobody sounds like Jeff Beck. But he just hasn't played on enough absolute classic songs to earn top honors in my book.
Doug Martsch BTS are a guitar band for the ages
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Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal aka Slash. In my 20s I would have had you in the Top 10.
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk Richard Thompson above Rory Gallagher? This was a tough call, as pound for pound guitar consistency wise, I'd have to give it to the late great Rory (incidentally the first name rock band I ever saw
#37 on the original list Rory Gallagher Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock If you like hard rock guitar with a slight blues and boogie edge, you MUST pick up Stage Struck, an absolute killer live album from the most hard rock era of Rory's prolific career.
Bob Mould Power pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock Sheets of sound with one guitar. Nobody sounds like Mould.
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#26 on the original list Alex Lifeson Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock A late addition to this list - an oversight that I tend to make when it comes to rating Lifeson as a guitar hero, probably due to the monster-level talent of his bandmates on their particular cudgels.
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#111 on the original list Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock while you totally don't think of Cobain as a guitar hero, and my gut is to not consider him on this list, KC wrote some absolutely sick riffs and had a truly unique sound.
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#9 on the original list Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music Honestly, not a fan of much of his music (I just don't have an affinity for Latin music in general), but no question his guitar playing soars into another dimension.
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#49 on the original list Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock In high school I used to satisfy my cultured side by cranking Tour De Force Live at top volume - I wasn't ALL about heavy metal. jazz, man. That was a long time ago. But I still pull that record out
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Stuart Braithwaite Instrumental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock
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